Tensions increased today as deadly clashes occurred in Eastern Ukraine. Government forces moved against separatist and there were casualties, though specifics were not forth coming. In response Russia issued warnings against the use of force by the Ukrainian Government against pro-Russian separatists. Russia has also announced new military drills among the troops stationed at the border with Ukraine. How long will Russia wait to send in troops to "protect" the separatists? Probably not much longer. What will the U.S. and E.U. do in response? Bluster and enact meaningless sanctions. In the end Russia will annex eastern Ukraine. I am starting to think that this is not a matter of if, but of when. When it does happen, what will Russia set it's sights on next? Moldava or another Baltic country?
What do you think?